1. Children should be able to tell the story of Samuel’s birth and his childhood in the temple.
  2. Children should understand that God spoke to Samuel and called him to his life work, and He will do the same for us.


Possible Lesson Plan:

  1. Open with prayer.


  1. Tell the story of Hannah and Samuel either from the Beginner’s Bible, pages 156-163, the Children’s Bible Reader, pages 120-122, the Golden Children’s Bible pages 216-217 plus the Read with Me Bible pages 167-170.

Add Samuel to your timeline.

  1. True/False questions:

                                            True                                                 False

                 Hannah was given a son by God.              Hannah had lots of children.

                 Hannah’s son was named Samuel.             Hannah’s son was named John.

                 Samuel’s father was Elkanah.                    Samuel’s father was Eli.

     Samuel lived in the temple.                        Samuel lived in the desert.

                 Eli was the priest in the temple.                 Noah was the priest in the temple.

     God spoke to Samuel.                                Samuel hated God.


  1. Talk about other mothers and sons from the Bible: Sarah and Isaac, Rebekah and Jacob. Review their stories. Who else was old and prayed for a son? Do you remember the stories of Anna and baby Mary, Elizabeth and John, and Mary and Jesus from the New Testament? Who else gave her child to be raised in the temple?


5.   Make Samuel’s Mat:

      Take a piece of burlap.

      Cut a 12x18-inch section

      for each child. Along the

      long edge, remove 2-3 short

      strands several times, spaced

      evenly. Now, give the children

      colored yarn and have them

      weave in and out of the length-           

      wise remaining fibers. If they

      desire, they can remove one or

      two strands from each side, making

      fringe. This can be a placemat.

All right -- too hard? Use 12x18 cardstock or construction paper, cutting slits in one direction and weave with strips of paper of a different color. Use Contact paper to waterproof, or spray with clear spray. You can also use foam, large sheets in the same way -- more expensive but don't have to be waterproofed. Kits are sold with the slits and strips already done and ready to assemble. 


6.   Close with prayer.